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Full text of ""Sparks" from the New York state capitol fire, Albany, N.Y., March 29, 1911. Over 50 souvenir views"

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Sparl^s from 

The New York State 

Capitol Fire 



Copyiighl 1911 by 
COULSON & WENDT 

Publisher! 

77 Slate Strict, Cor. North Pearl Street 

ALBANY. N. Y. 



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New York State Capitol as it looks from the East 




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(Albany Evening Joiniial, March 20, 191 1-) 



CAPITOL A SHOW-PLACE 



Took Many Years to Build on Account of Its Magnificence 

The erection of the capito] building- was begun in the early 70's, 
but on account of the magnificent scale upon which the architects 
had planned the work it took many years to complete it. Since its 
erection it has gained nation-wide fame because of its size and the 
beauty and richness of its interior decoration. The western stair- 
case was considered one of the most artistic of its kind in the 
countr3% For years visitors to this State from other parts of the 
country seldom returned home without seeing the New York State 
capitol. The large number of such visitors is attested by the fact 
that good-sized corps of guides are kept busy at the capitol the year 
around pointing out to sightseers its wonders. Although there have 
been several incipient blazes in the building the fire to-day is the first 
one that caused damage to any extent. The most serious of the 
previous fires occurred a few months ago, when the office of the 
State Lunacy Commission was flooded. .A gas pipe melted, causing 
several firemen to be overcome with gas. 

The magnificent western staircase that has been admired by thou- 
sands of visitors, to-day is badly damaged, and wreck, ruin and con- 
fusion abound on every hand in the western part of the structure. 
The walls and ceilings are stripped' of their ornate porcelain blocks, 
doors have been smashed in, brownstone arches have crumbled, and 
the devastation is increased by the dripping ceilings and rivulets 
running over the floor and down the stairwa>'s. 





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Albany City Hall, used as temporary Capitol after the lire 




The New York Slate Capilol looking trom the northwest showing the Washington Avenue entrance and the west end, the part that was destroyed by fire 




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I EW ^'( )RK State's mas'iiificent $26,000,000 capitol building, recognized the country over as one of 
tiie masterpieces of architecture, had its western section completely fire swept on the morning 

N\\ of March twent\'-ninth, entailing a loss estimated by the State Architect at $5,000,000; practically 

11 destroying the State library with the most complete law library in the country, and destroying 

a tremendously valuable collection of books and ancillary collections of manuscripts and priceless 
historic relics, whicii it took one hundred years to collect with an unlimited supply of money, in 
additi<5n to costing one human life. The fire made useless the entire west wing of the massive 
building, crippling fourteen State departments, and drove the Legislature out of the building to the city hall where 
James A. O'Gorman was elected United States Senator on March thirty-first, the first time that a Senator has been 
chosen outside the capitol halls. 

The conflagration was one nf the most spectacular that ever visited jMbanv. Flames shot from the windows in 
the west wing two liundred feet in the air, which with the setting of a cool, gray dawn presented a most picturesque 
sight. It brought thousands to Albany from all sections of the State. 

Fire smoldered in tire debris a week after the first alarm was sent in and streams were playeil on the burning 
eml>ers until April twentieth. The first alarm was sent in at 2.41 on the morning of March twenty-ninth and the out 
bell was not sounded until 8.22 on the morning of March thirtieth. It took the entire fire department of one hundred 
and fifty men, ten engines pumping industriously for twelve streams, and over 11,000 feet of hose, for the department 
to master the blaze. Steamers were kept laboring at the fire seventy-two hours after its discovery. 

In five hours the fire wrought destruction to the building which was in course of construction for twenty years, 
from the time ground was broken in 1869, until its completion in 1899. 





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Library reading room before the fire 




Looking north in the reading room of State Library. Circle ^in centre of 

arch over doorway is wooden frame of clock with works burnt out. 

Doorway in extreme right of picture leads to the Law 

Library in northwest corner of Capitol. 




Law Library, third floor, looking up and south 








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Law Library, third floor, looking toward Assembly; note iciclt 
hanging from ceiling 




Pile of partly burnt books and papers 




The fallen roof of southwestern part o{ Capitol 




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Southwest corner of Capitol, looking east on State SlreelJ 




Part of southwest Dormer 




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Showing remains of roof and floor in tower, southwest corner of building. 
Dormer window faces State St. Note twisted iron roof supports 




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The remains of the Department of State Board of Regents, 4th floor 




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The effe<fl fire had on the iron work 




Near view o( the led granite columns in the northeastern corner of the 
reading room of State Library, entirely destroyed by the heat 




Coming on duty — the Capitol shortly after 9 a. m. on Wednesday was 
placed under Military guard 




Firrmen at wcrk on southwest tower 




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Western section of Capitol aher ihe fire, looking from New 
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Great western staircase, corridor fourth floor, after cleaning up 




Removing the remains of Night Watchman Abbott from the Capitol 



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Sparf^s from 

The New York State 

Capitol Fire 



Copyright 1911 by 
COULSON & WENDT 

Publishers 

77 Stale Street, Cor. North Pearl Streit 

ALBANY. N. Y. 



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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 



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WILLIAM W BRIDGEFORD 
Chief. Albany Fire Department